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How to identify meat in poor condition

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Foodborne illnesses, such as E-coli and salmonellosis are responsible for millions of cases of poisoning a year, and most of them are the result of eating meat in poor condition. Therefore, it is essential keep meat properly, since the chances of getting sick due to food poisoning increase exponentially when it is not fresh or has not been stored properly. So you can identify spoiled meat and know when it can pose a danger to your health, we recommend you continue reading the next lines of this article.

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Before buying any meat tray, check the expiration date which is specified on the package. In the event that the expiration date has already passed, then you should not buy it, no matter how low its price, it could be in poor condition and be a risk to your health. Likewise, avoid buying it if the container has no expiration date, lot or date of packaging, mostly for safety. On the contrary, the best thing you can do is choose completely fresh meat, go into the article and discover what characteristics each type of meat should have.

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The meat color It is another of the main elements that will alert you if it is in poor condition or not, and it does not have to have passed from its expiration date to be. Take into account the following indications:

  • Poultry meat can be from a whitish bluish color to a more yellow hue.
  • Raw pork meat, in optimal conditions, should have a grayish-pink color.
  • Normally, minced meat is associated with a bright red color; However, you should know that this is not its natural color and that it occurs because it is exposed to the air. If fresh minced meat has been vacuum packed and is kept from oxygen, its color should be a kind of purple red. On the other hand, contrary to what is believed, when the minced meat turns somewhat brown, it does not mean that it is in poor condition, but that it belongs to older animals. In addition, in many occasions the shop's own lighting can cause a variation in the color of the meat, giving it a reddish-brown tone.
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Smell the meat It is perhaps the easiest way to know if it is in bad or good condition. So, whatever the type of meat, in case it smells bad or stale you will know that it is not edible and that you should get rid of it. Especially, poultry meat gives off a very distinctive smell that warns that it is not in good condition, it is a kind of putrid smell that can quickly be identified.

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Take the time you need to inspect the meat in detail and don't forget that rotten meat usually has a viscous texture that betrays that bacteria have already begun to multiply on their surface. It is possible that the meat in poor condition is also somewhat sticky and has greenish or blackened areas, a sign that the fungi have already begun to proliferate and grow.

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If you have already verified that the meat is in good condition and that you can consume it without any problem, we invite you to read the following articles in which you can discover several ways to cook and serve it:

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Tips
  • Leaving the meat in the freezer for too long will not spoil the product, but it will change its color and eliminate its nutrients.
  • Do not rely on the sale date of the store where you buy the meat as an indication of its freshness, since these dates are easy to handle. Use your senses (including common sense) to decide if the meat is fresh or in poor condition.

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